James May's Toy Stories

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James May is on a mission: to get kids away from their video games, to drag parents off their backsides and get them all playing together again. Using some of the world's best loved toys, James puts generations of families at the heart of some ludicrously ambitious adventures and extraordinary feats of engineering that fire the imagination and remind us of the joys of doing things together.
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James May
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DocumentarySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Airfix
    October 26, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May is out to prove why traditional, old fashioned toys are still relevant today when he pushes them to the limit in spectacular, supersize challenges. From full size Lego houses to bridges made completely of Meccano, he shows just what they are capable of. This week, James takes model aeroplanes to a whole new level when he tries to make a full size spitfire out of Airfix.
  2. 2. Plasticine
    November 2, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May continues his quest to show just what is possible with old fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. This week James tries to make a garden entirely out of Plasticine and then enter it at the Chelsea Flower Show. He persuades thousands of members of the British public to help make the thousands of Plasticine flowers.
  3. 3. Meccano
    November 9, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May continues his quest to show just what is possible with old fashioned toys when he uses them on a scale never before seen. This week James joins forces with Edwina Currie to build a full size bridge from nothing but Meccano. Top engineers pitch incredible designs, but the project soon careers out of control when the Meccano does not arrive.
  4. 4. Scalextric
    November 16, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James May continues his quest to show just what is possible with old fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. This week, he attempts to build the biggest Scalextric track in the world, nearly three miles long. With hundreds of volunteers, he wants to build it on the site of Britain's oldest grand prix track - at Brooklands in Surrey.
  5. 5. Hornby
    December 19, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James attempts to build the longest ever model railway track - a whopping ten miles long. He builds it in Devon, linking two towns, Barnstaple and Bideford, who last had a train service over 40 years ago. Thousands of people turn out to help, but how will James' childhood model train cope in the pouring rain, with leaves on the line and every bit of mud in the way?
  6. 6. Lego
    December 24, 2009
    52min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    James concludes his quest to show just what is possible with old fashioned toys by using them on a scale never seen before. He attempts his biggest, most ambitious challenge of them all: building a full-size house out of Lego. With thousands of people and over three million Lego bricks, James attempts to do what no-one has ever managed, to build a two story house out of this colourful toy.

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Directors
Graham Strong
Producers
Will DawsStuart Cabb
Season year
2009
Network
Plum Pictures
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Hannah ForthReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsBig Kids are the best!
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This man is the biggest kid on earth! If you have never seen his "Toy Stories", you have no idea what wonder is all about!
5 people found this helpful
TML021411Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsSchools need to consider this.
I want to build a giant Lego house! I want to run a Lionel HO gauge (being American) train through my subdivision! I want to build a full-scale bridge out of Erector set parts!

James May dragoons whole villages of people and classrooms full of kids into playing with toys and going one better, applying those toys to projects. From plasticine flower gardens to a life-size model airplane, he manages to have fun while those around him learn.

If more schools applied the principles in this series, students would learn more and have more fun doing it. There is much to learn through play, including how to fail gracefully, that the world doesn't end if things don't turn out as we planned. Too many are not ready to do that as adults. We all could do with a box of Meccano and some time to sit and play, and dream.
4 people found this helpful
MrfoxILReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsIt really works
My family, mom/dad/10year old kind of struggle to find things to watch together that are more exciting to a 10 year old than playing Fortnite or watching YouTube videos of some kid adding blocks to a minecraft world. (I'm not quite the dad to let a 10 year old watch GoT.) I personally was excited to make my kid try to watch this show because it bills itself with a goal of trying to get kids out of video games for 5 minutes and into actual toys and actual interactions. Reluctantly, my kid agreed to watch with us. He, and we, are now hooked. Each episode is funny, kind of uplifting, and most importantly has fueled us to do some non-computer generated things together. (We just finished building a model F-1050 Tstick warplane, and my son rushed upstairs at 10pm after watching the Selectric episode to build his Carerra Go slot car track). Anyway, great show. I highly recommend it. Thanks James!
4 people found this helpful
Jared JamesReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsCut scenes
These episodes are several minutes shorter than the original episodes that aired on TV. Nothing important was cut but it made the episodes feel less emotional. For instance the Lego episode, at the end of series 1, cut the introduction to the house warming party about May inviting people who had contributed to earlier episodes in the series. It just showed the party. Other bits are cut that had either May or someone else explaining small bits about things.

Such a good series deservers uncut episodes.
5 people found this helpful
James BurnsReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsSo far so good
I am watching James May's Toy Stories with my sons. I love it, it's entertaining, fun and even quite sweet. Thanks for making something we can enjoy togeter. My two boys are enjoying it so much I might not even have to tie them to their chairs to watch the next episode
5 people found this helpful
Dean BryantReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsFun for all!
This was an extremely enjoyable romp through the toys of my generation. Although differently branded in the USA, Mecanno aka Erector Set, Action Man aka G.I. Joe, it was well suited for an enjoyable for all ages on BOTH sides of the pond. James May and his merry band of enthusiasts make this one binge - worthy and well worth the watch. I just wish there were more of them. Not sure Mr. May reads these but if he does, Thank You and yours for an extremely enjoyable experience. I'll be watching these again!
One person found this helpful
jbrier87Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsJames May Rocks
James May brings back all the nostalgia and energy you can remember from making and playing with the best toys of mine and past times. Plus the commentary provided by James is unmatched in the British broadcasting profession.
3 people found this helpful
Edward SpearyReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsJust give it a go
If it looks interesting enough that you are reading reviews I would highly recommend just pressing play. You may not like it as much as I did but I can't really see anyone hating it. The only bad I could say about it is that there aren't very many episodes. I really wish Amazon would pick this up and make some more episodes.
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